Chief: Apex fire ‘may be resolved within next week’
by David Lazenby
Mar 23, 2011 | 4066 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey received official permission from the Jasper City Council Tuesday to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the fire that destroyed a large portion of the city’s APEX playground. - Photo by: James Phillips
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey received official permission from the Jasper City Council Tuesday to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the fire that destroyed a large portion of the city’s APEX playground. - Photo by: James Phillips
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Jasper Police Chief Danny Patton told Jasper City Councilors on Tuesday he believes the investigation into the recent fire that destroyed part of the APEX playground may be resolved within the next week.

The subject came up when Mayor Sonny Posey formally sought the Council’s permission to offer a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the blaze believed to have been set by arsonists early Sunday morning.

While discussing an increase in the reward to $7,500, Patton indicated that authorities may already be hot on the trail of the individuals responsible for the fire.

Councilor Gary Cowen said news about the fire at a playground specially built to accommodate physically challenged children made him “nauseated.”

APEX is an acronym for Accessible Playground Extreme Experience.

The fire is also being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. State Fire Marshal Edward Paulk could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.

City employee Jennifer Smith, who was instrumental in securing funding for the $350,000 playground before it was built in 2007, estimated that the fire caused about $150,000 in damage.